fatalism

noun
fa·​tal·​ism | \ ˈfā-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce fatalism (audio) \

Definition of fatalism

: a doctrine that events are fixed in advance so that human beings are powerless to change them also : a belief in or attitude determined by this doctrine fatalism that regards social problems as simply inevitable

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Other Words from fatalism

fatalist \ ˈfā-​tə-​list How to pronounce fatalist (audio) \ noun
fatalistic \ ˌfā-​tə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce fatalistic (audio) \ adjective
fatalistically \ ˌfā-​tə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce fatalistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of fatalism in a Sentence

Many people seem to have developed a sense of fatalism about the war.
Recent Examples on the Web Mr Han’s new fatalism is revealing, and reflects a wider shift in public opinion. The Economist, "Tiananmen veterans view Hong Kong’s crisis with fatalism," 10 Oct. 2019 That society may be Romania, which has produced no shortage of great filmmakers, working in both fiction and nonfiction, who have surveyed their nation’s corruption with grim fatalism and absurdist humor. Los Angeles Times, "Toronto Film Festival: ‘Waves’ and ‘Just Mercy’ shine a light on black American families in crisis," 7 Sep. 2019 Even today, stories of poverty, disease, dictatorial states, and corruption often engender feelings of fatalism or exasperation. John Fund, National Review, "We Can’t Afford to Forget Africa," 8 Sep. 2019 In Paul, Courtney found a rakish, lovable Irish rogue, a man who had been to the depths of hell and made it back with his wicked black Belfast sense of humor and fatalism intact. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Courtney Kennedy and Paul Hill’s enduring agony," 3 Aug. 2019 For critics, that sort of fatalism is a key problem with aid-in-dying laws. Washington Post, "In the face of death, the party of a lifetime," 26 Aug. 2019 For critics, that sort of fatalism is a key problem with aid-in-dying laws. Gene Johnson, USA TODAY, "In the face of death, a marriage and the party of a lifetime," 26 Aug. 2019 For critics, that sort of fatalism is a key problem with aid-in-dying laws. Gene Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Terminal cancer patient ends suffering on his terms," 26 Aug. 2019 For critics, that sort of fatalism is a key problem with aid-in-dying laws. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "In the face of death: How a Seattle man celebrated his life, then ended it," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fatalism

1678, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of fatalism was in 1678

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fatalism

noun
How to pronounce fatalism (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fatalism

: the belief that what will happen has already been decided and cannot be changed

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